The best employers for working parents have these things in common

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Great Place to Work’s Annual Study of the Best Workplaces for Parents surveyed over 440,000 reveals why some parents experience more positive workplaces than others. Spoiler alert: Companies that provide better benefits and greater flexibility to working parents are seeing a return on their investment, according to Great Place to Work’s Annual Study of the Best Workplaces for Parents. Read Full Story

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My work-life boundary is totally eviscerated—but it’s also what’s kept me sane

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The author and working parent discusses how the two separately chaotic spheres of his life helped him embrace remote work. Zoom call. Zoom call. Zoom call. Bathroom break. Bite to eat. Zoom call. Teams call. Then it’s a dash of real work, then open the door to my office for a breath of air. From there, it’s time to prepare for the next round of chaos: Two energetic toddlers, an equally tired-out wife, and an attention-seeking small dog. After preparing dinner, it’s a whirlwind two-hour rodeo of baths, books, and bedtime wrangling. Read Full Story

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The one well-being benefit you may be overlooking for working parents

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Even in a remote environment, there are obstacles to breastfeeding. For new parents in a typical working environment, breastfeeding can be a challenge. To clarify, what “breastfeeding” usually means for most in the workplace is expressing breast milk through pumping. Despite laws that protect the workplace rights of nursing mothers, and which require employers to provide for these rights, culturally speaking the ​burden is still largely on​ parents to actively advocate for the resources they need. Moreover, the pandemic has caused a number of workplace challenges that make it even more difficult for nursing parents to express milk at work. Read Full Story

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These companies are helping working parents navigate an impossible situation

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Some employers are getting creative to keep parents—and especially moms—from dropping out of the workforce. But is it enough? This story is part of Fast Company ‘s Reinventing Education package. As millions of students begin school during a deadly pandemic and global recession, we’re highlighting the ongoing efforts to keep children safe in the classroom, educate them remotely, and help their parents manage a new second shift. Click here to read the whole series. Read Full Story

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How companies can support their employee caregivers during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The founder of Working Daughter points out that it’s not just working parents who are challenged during this unprecedented moment in history. Workers with aging parents are under tremendous amounts of stress and employers should take notice and action. Last week, as the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak started to sink in across the country, employers both large and small started to make provisions for employees, when and where possible, to work from home . As the week progressed, schools began to announce longer and longer closures and media outlets were awash in helpful articles and segments about how to support working parents as they balance working from home with children underfoot. Read Full Story

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These companies are offering free childcare to working parents, so they can go vote

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Some workers are not only getting PTO to vote, but their companies are hooking them up with free childcare, too. Although Election Day isn’t officially a federal holiday, many employers grant workers paid time off to cast their votes without worrying about missing a day of work. This year is trickier as the pandemic put the kibosh on standard operating procedures. While there’s been a surge in mail-in ballots and in-person polling places open early (in some states for the first time), a small but growing number of companies have instituted even more voter-friendly policies to accommodate employees with children. Read Full Story

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The hidden benefits of self-care for working parents

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Many parents feel guilty taking time for themselves, but it makes them better caregivers—and can help their careers, too. Working parents often put their own needs last. When they finally do make time for themselves, they may receive criticism for being selfish and judge themselves by feeling guilty, ultimately choosing to give up on self-care. Read Full Story

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Want schools to reopen? Education needs an epic bailout

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To safely reopen classrooms and allow parents to return to work, we’ll need money. Lots of it. Think of it as a correction for decades of underinvestment. Full disclosure: I put my kids in front of the TV so I could write this op-ed. That’s life during quarantine. My kids miss school, and I miss having more than ten minutes to string together a thought. Parents are losing their marbles as our kids max out on screen time and struggle without structure. So believe me when I say there is nothing I want more than to send my two kids back to our beloved local elementary school this August. Read Full Story

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This is how we start to break the mental health stigma at work

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On this week’s episode of ‘Secrets of the Most Productive People,’ we talk about the mental health struggles so many of us are facing right now—and how to bring it up with your manager. Nearly three months into living under stay-at home orders, many of us are feeling the strain of being in a constant state of anxiety and uncertainty. Millions of workers across many industries have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Essential workers continue to put themselves at risk so the rest of us have access to groceries and healthcare. Many people are grieving the loss of loved ones from afar. And those who are fortunate enough to remain employed and work from home face their own challenges: Some people are quarantined alone and isolated from friends and family, while many working parents are juggling full-time childcare with a full-time job. Read Full Story

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